The Ladies Who Are Coming Together for Amit Sahni

Three New York banker ladies — Tina Nagpaul, Kavita Kulkarni and Sujata Vemuri — have come together to produce Amit Sahni Ki List.

Interestingly, none of them have any filmy background. These three women were in New York working as professionals in different banks. 10 years ago, fate brought them together and they created, and performed, shows for charity. Turned out, the friendship amongst this trio was for keeps. Since they are film buffs, they decided to take a step forward and make a film of their own.

The seed for a film were planted when Tina embarked on a filmmaking course. She reveals: “I quit banking, did a course and moved back to India. I started working on films and was associated with Peepli (Live), Amu and My Brother Nikhil, which were films in a different space. Hence, when Sujata, Kavita and I decided to do a film together, the idea was to make something truly different. We were inspired by films like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Dor and Chak De! India and decided that there is space for content-driven cinema.”

This is what led to the genesis of Amit Sahni Ki List. However, the surprising part is that while each of the three producers is a woman, they decided to tell the story of a male protagonist instead. Didn’t they feel like taking the feminine route with their very first film?
“That would have been extremely predictable and we didn’t want to do that,” laughs Sujata, “Hence a male protagonist came in. As women, we have spent a lot of time pondering about the list in our lives. So now we wanted to see what goes through on the other side. Since we have brothers who are very picky, there was a lot of contribution from them. They shared a lot of do’s and don’ts when it came to their choice of an ideal girl. We were amazed to learn that men too think so much on these lines.”

Once the basic idea of the film was in place, the dynamics of making Amit Sahni Ki List turned out to be a surprisingly smooth process. “We thought that only people from a film background and family can make a film. However, when we embarked upon this venture, we realised it was a myth,” says Kavita, “We wanted to bring in discipline and organisation, and we succeeded. Guess our corporate background helped.”

- Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood News Service

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